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    Default Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    My dad bought this M756A2 off of GL in 2003 with aspirations of restoring it with his boys, putting it to work on occasion, and mostly just enjoying driving it. Unfortunately, life gets in the way, so he ended up using it very little over the last 16 years. Now, he has sadly run out of time and ambition to work on the truck, and has decided to pass it on to me.

    I’m planning on doing a full cosmetic restoration over the next few years, but right now, all of the mechanical systems are my top priority because I’ll be taking it on several long road trips to Steel Soldiers rallies this year. The Navy had been maintaining it up until the time it was released, so it ran, drove, and stopped very well. It has been covered/mothballed for about 6 years, so I am going to have to do a bunch of PMCS to get it ready for the road.

    Here’s what I’m planning on doing to it

    • Change engine oil and check/change transmission oil, transfer case oil, and diff oil
    • Change all filters, maybe go spin-on to make it easier to find parts and change filters on the road
    • Flush cooling system and fill with fresh coolant
    • Flush brake system, check all shoes, brake lines, wheel cylinders, drums
    • Drain and flush fuel tank
    • Grease all grease fittings
    • Check front end alignment
    • Check all tires for weather checking and dry rot
    • Replace batteries, check/clean all electrical connections and bulb sockets
    • Road test multiple times and look for leaking seals, axle boots, wheel cylinders, brake lines, fuel lines, and cooling hoses after the truck gets good and warm


    I’m sure I’m missing some stuff here and will figure it out as I get deeper into this project. Anything else y’all would add to the list?

    Here’s a video of it with my dad driving it around the storage yard where it’s been living since 2003:



    Stay tuned for lots of updates!
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    1962 Dodge M37B1

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    Looks to be a great truck..On a superb location.
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    Chris, that truck is sweet. Did I see a NAVY SEABEE sticker on the door? Very cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BKubu View Post
    Chris, that truck is sweet. Did I see a NAVY SEABEE sticker on the door? Very cool.
    Thanks, Bruce. The decal is for the Maritime Expeditionary Security Force. The attached pic is of some repro decals made by Dave aka 67Beast. I’ll put the new ones on once it gets repainted.
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    1962 Dodge M37B1

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    HUGE M925A2 Build Thread: https://bit.ly/2uPlSnZ

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    Hope to see you at the Denton NC rally this year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelspinner View Post
    Hope to see you at the Denton NC rally this year!
    I have already been talking to my dad and brother about coming to Denton. Not sure if the truck will be ready by then, but we’ll give it a try!
    Chris Stansbury, founder of Chris' CUCV Homepage in 1998 and Steel Soldiers in 1999.

    Current:
    1969 Kaiser Jeep M756A2
    1962 Dodge M37B1

    Gone, but not forgotten:
    M1009, M35A2, M1009, M561, 404 Mog, M818, M923A2, M931A1, M1008, M925A2, M998

    HUGE M925A2 Build Thread: https://bit.ly/2uPlSnZ

    HUGE M923A2 Build Thread: https://bit.ly/2uO2g3K

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelsoldiers View Post
    I have already been talking to my dad and brother about coming to Denton. Not sure if the truck will be ready by then, but we’ll give it a try!
    Come on without it-I got plenty. BTW can you turn the heat on here in Charleston tonite?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelspinner View Post
    Come on without it-I got plenty. BTW can you turn the heat on here in Charleston tonite?
    Sounds good. What are you doing here in Charleston?! Just be glad you weren’t here Monday when it was 3°!
    Chris Stansbury, founder of Chris' CUCV Homepage in 1998 and Steel Soldiers in 1999.

    Current:
    1969 Kaiser Jeep M756A2
    1962 Dodge M37B1

    Gone, but not forgotten:
    M1009, M35A2, M1009, M561, 404 Mog, M818, M923A2, M931A1, M1008, M925A2, M998

    HUGE M925A2 Build Thread: https://bit.ly/2uPlSnZ

    HUGE M923A2 Build Thread: https://bit.ly/2uO2g3K

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